1659 – Two Quakers who came from England in 1656 to escape religious persecution are executed in Massachusetts Bay Colony for their religious beliefs.
1904 – The New York subway opens, running 9.1 miles through 28 stations. It is the second subway in the United States, launching seven years after the Boston subway.
1962 – The United States and Soviet Union step back from the brink of nuclear war after complicated and tension-filled negotiations following the Cuban Missile Crisis.
2004 – The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time since 1918, finally vanquishing the so-called Curse of the Bambino.